Legendary Bruges beer bar situated along a side street pretty much in the city centre. Cosy, classic old-style ambience, fairly small, but made no difference to us. Been quite a few times over the years and always warmed to its unfussy charm and attentive service. Beers on tap during our visit included Rodenbach Alexander (which tasted excellent) and an unfamiliar spicy blonde from De Koninck. Beer mennu contains a good range of classics and newer brewery upstarts. Always busy during our visits, including today on a Monday early evening, but tables seem to come available all the time. Yep, always a favourite.
Fun beer destination with lots of beer signs on the walls. Service was initially overly attentive when the place was quiet, and then non-existent when the place filled up. No tap water available, which was annoying after a day of walking. The selection here is good, but prices are pretty high and the beers are not rare enough to justify it (though this was true of a few bars I went to in Belgium). Beers you can pick up for 1 euro are on sale here for 6. The beers that are difficult to find are disproportionately expensive. Look, I’m realistic – all bars mark up beers – but there’s a limit to what I’m willing to pay for ’ambiance’. The fact of the matter is that this place is OK for tourists but, if I lived in Bruges, I would never come here. All the good places I’ve been to made me want to come back, and this place didn’t. It’s the sort of place that would be OK to pop into just to say you’ve seen it, and then leave and have a few beers in Le Trappiste instead. (56)